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Cyclades Cruise Guide: Tips for an unparalleled experience

Cyclades Cruise Guide

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tanding proudly in the heart of the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades offer everything you need for an unforgettable cruise. From the bluest crystalline waters and the most unblemished beaches to ancient history landmarks and cosmopolitan nights, the Cycladic islands combine a variety of characteristics to satisfy every taste. However, with more than 220 islands belonging to this popular Greek island complex, it is easy to miss some of the most worth-having experiences. To make sure you get the most out of your time in Greece, we have prepared this complete Cyclades cruise guide with everything you need to know for an unparalleled experience.

Charter a yacht for a personalized Cyclades cruise 

Chartering a yacht is totally recommended for a Cyclades cruise, as it enables you to plan a fully personalized voyage tailored to your own tastes and needs. Whether you are travelling with family or friends, chartering a yacht provides you the opportunity to follow your preferred itinerary and freely adjust it to your mood whenever you wish so.

If you are an experienced sailor wishing for a maximum sailing experience, you can opt for a bareboat charter. On the other hand, if you are looking for a totally trouble-free cruise where absolute relaxation will be your only concern, a crewed yacht charter is exactly what you need.

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“The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.”

– John Rousmaniere

Must-visit Cyclades Islands

The Cyclades consist of hundreds of paradise-like islands to explore under the Mediterranean sun. From large, vibrant islands full of life to little islets of immense natural beauty, there is a vast variety of destinations to drop anchor to. Since you probably will not have the time to go through them all, here are some of the must-visit Cyclades islands you should not miss:

  1. Santorini: World-renowned for its magnificent sunsets and white-washed buildings, Santorini attracts thousands of visitors every year. Whether you are looking for unique beaches, pulsating nightlife or traditional villages, Santorini has it all.
  2. Mykonos: Lose yourself among international celebrities having a blast on one of the most beautiful Cycladic islands. Get to know the island’s vibrant character or explore beaches off the beaten track to discover Mykonos authentic essence.
  3. Naxos: The largest island in Cyclades is definitely worth a visit. Discover all the reasons that make it a paradise for history aficionados and swim in the bluest Aegean waters.
  4. Paros: Golden beaches, laid-back ambiance and picturesque fishing villages. Can you think of a better combination for a relaxing cruise?
  5. Folegandros: Meet the other side of the Cyclades on this stunning island that has managed to maintain its distinctive character. Its relaxing atmosphere along with a scenery of wild beauty will leave you mesmerized.

If you have plenty of time to further explore the Cyclades, have a look at our 3-week itinerary for a Cyclades cruise to discover more worth-visiting destinations.

When to sail Cyclades

As with most Greek islands, the weather in Cyclades is typically Mediterranean, which allows for a large sailing season spreading from April till October. If you wish for a pleasantly warm weather and a crowd-free experience, then we recommend having your cruise in late spring (May to June) or early fall (September-October).

On the other hand, if you prefer to experience the Greek summer in all its glory, opt for a Cyclades cruise during July or August. As it is high season during these months, marinas are expected to be crowded, so take that into consideration when planning your cruise. As for the weather, these are the hottest months of the year and the windiest ones. The Meltemi winds, as they are widely known, can be very strong during this time period, so if you are not an experienced sailor, you may feel safer sailing in spring or fall.

What to do in Cyclades

The Cyclades islands feature a wide array of activities for every preference. Whether you are longing for some relaxing moments or you’re prepared for a vacation full of adventure, a cruise to Cyclades will leave you totally satisfied. Here are some things to do during your cruise:

  • Relax on beautiful beaches: each island has a distinctive beauty that is clearly portrayed on its beaches. From the impressive red beach in Santorini to the party beaches of Mykonos, there is something special to see in each one of them.
  • Explore picturesque villages: nothing can give you a better idea of an island’s authentic essence than visiting its traditional villages. Admire their unique architecture and let your eyes feast on the magnificent views of the immense Aegean blue.
  • Visit iconic landmarks: the Cyclades have a rich history that is apparent through their many sites of archaeological interest. Explore the ancient ruins of Delos and Rineia, discover the Minoan town of Akrotiri, take a photo of Portara in Naxos, see the Roman Theatre in Milos. So many attractions to visit!
  • Explore nature on a hiking adventure: the Cycladic islands offer lots of opportunities to go hiking. In almost every island there are hiking trails that offer stunning views. Amorgos, Anafi and Andros are considered some of the most worth-visiting islands for hiking.
  • Engage in water activities: the Aegean waters are perfect for water sports! Snorkel in secluded coves, go scuba diving or take advantage of the winds of the area to try windsurfing.
  • Savor local cuisine: the Cyclades have a great culinary tradition with unique dishes made with local ingredients. Taste fourtalia, a type of omelette, in Andros and matsata (a kind of pasta) in Kea. Don’t forget to try ladenia from Kimolos, a savory delicacy that resembles a pizza. Cheese lovers will fall in love with graviera from Naxos, San Michali from Syros and Xynotyro from Mykonos. There is also a great variety of mouthwatering sweet delights. Amygdalota, melitinia, karpouzenia, each stop is a different gustatory experience!

Get to know the Cyclades on a chartered yacht cruise

All in all, the Cyclades are the ideal destination for every traveler, since they offer everything one may wish for during their vacation. Utter relaxation, multiple attractions, heart-pounding adventure, all-night partying, whatever you can think of is just an island away. Follow our Cyclades cruise guide, go island-hopping in the Cyclades and have the time of your life on a chartered yacht cruise!

Whatever you choose to do, make sure to charter a yacht early enough. At Blu Cove Yachting you can browse a variety of yachts to find the one that will make your cruise totally unforgettable!

When you decide to Discover Cyclades Islands, never miss the opportunity to experience a Cyclades cruise across the islands

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